PHOTO GALLERY: Pooch Plunge goes swimmingly

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 10:55 p.m. CDT; updated 5:49 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Dog owner Jeff Staake throws a ball into the water as his dog, Boone, jumps in after it at the Pooch Plunge at the Oakland Family Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Boone, an 18-month-old golden retriever, has begun competing in jumping competitions; his personal best is a 19'4".

The Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center hosted the annual Pooch Plunge on Tuesday. Owners brought their dogs to the event for a canine-only swim.

Boone, an 18-month-old golden retriever, skips across the side of the Oakland Family Aquatic Center pool near sunset. Boone won the first competition he was ever entered in at the Lincoln County Fair in Troy, MO and has since competed with the Big Muddy Dock Dogs.
Mac, an English Springer Spaniel, struggles to get out of the pool after retrieving a chew toy. Mac is a returning dog to the Pooch Plunge and is accompanied by his human companions, Laura Erickson and Lauren Boeckel.
Seven-year-old returning dog, Macie, dries off next to her owner, Nicole Johnson. Johnson says she and her Boston terrier will absolutely be coming back next year.
Sammy, a German Shepherd, chews on a tennis ball pool side at the Pooch Plunge. This marks the third annual Pooch Plunge, and there were 75 contestants.

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Bailey Brewer September 8, 2010 | 12:40 p.m.

Awesome picture. The owner out of focus, the ball hovering, and the dog so eager and adorable. :)

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randee shenkel September 8, 2010 | 5:37 p.m.

Oh my gosh! How did someone get that shot?? The dog's face is unreal and the ball looks like some glowing thing dropped by E.T!

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